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French Open 2020 Day Five Betting Tips & Predictions

- Created: 12:58, 30th September 2020 | Last updated: 16:24, 30th September 2020

The French Open moves into day five on Thursday and there is plenty of action to get stuck into across the day, including a match in the women's draw between the 2017 champion and the tournament's second seed.

There have already been some high-profile exits in the women's draw this year, with the likes of Johanna Konta, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber all being dumped out early, while Serena Williams' withdrawal because of an Achilles injury has opened things up even more.

French Open 2020 Day Five Predictions

With such a wide-open feel to the tournament, there is the feeling some more shocks could be on the cards and there is a strong possibility another may happen in the clash between Jelena Ostapenko and Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Karolina Pliskova Betting Tips

Ostapenko to win - BET NOW

Sitting fourth in the world rankings, Pliskova was expected to put in a strong challenge for glory at Roland Garros but, after her performance in the first round, there are serious doubts whether she can go all the way.

The 28-year-old lost the first set against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif and although managing to turn the match around to win in three sets, the Czech looked off her game and made far too many errors during the contest.

Pliskova may have gotten away with that at the opening hurdle but she won't be able to turn in the same type of display against Ostapenko, who knows what it takes to win this title having triumphed in 2017.

The Latvian has struggled over the past year but she appeared to rediscover her best form when dispatching American Madison Brengle in round one, losing just three games en route to a 6-2 6-1 victory.

Ostapenko may trail Pliskova 3-2 in the head-to-head record but the 2017 champion did come out on top in the last encounter in Beijing, winning 7-5 3-6 7-5, and there is every chance she could level up the overall record between the pair.

There is also the question mark over Pliskova's ability to handle the big occasion, having only reached one Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, while her best run at the French Open was when reaching the semis in 2017.

Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina Betting Tips

Kasatkina to win - BET NOW

There looks to be an intriguing clash between Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina on Thursday as two of the rising stars in the women's game battle for a place in the third round.

Sabalenka has been making huge strides over the past year, picking up wins at the 2019 WTA Elite Trophy and then the 2020 Qatar Open, but the 22-year-old has yet to make her mark in the Grand Slams.

The Belarusian has failed to get past the second round at Roland Garros from two attempts and this could play into the hands of 23-year-old Kasatkina, who reached the quarters in Paris back in 2018.

Of the one previous meeting between the pair, it was the Russian who came out on top in Beijing last year, winning 6-4 7-6, and that mental edge could help see her over the line again.

Aljaz Bedene vs Nikola Milojevic Betting Tips

Over 3.5 sets - BET NOW

This may not be the most high-profile clash on paper but it presents a great chance for both of these players to try and reach the third round of the tournament, something Milojevic has never achieved at a Grand Slam.

Indeed, this is the first time Milojevic has reached the main draw of a Slam and he is grasping this opportunity with both hands, having seen off 26th seed Filip Krajinovic in round one.

That performance showed the 25-year-old Serbian has something about him and he could prove to be a tricky customer for Bedene, who has only reached the third round in Paris once before.

The 31-year-old, who represented Great Britain from 2015-17, was taken to four sets by wildcard Arthur Rinderknech in round one and there is every chance at least four sets will be required again on Thursday.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What time does play start?

Play is scheduled to start at 10:00 BST.

Q. What is the prize money for the winner of the French Open?

€1,600,000.

Q. What round of play are these matches?

All matches included are in the second round.

Q. Who is the tournament favourite?

Rafael Nadal in the men's singles and Simona Halep in the women's singles.

Q. If I could only bet on one of these selections, which one should I go with?

Jelena Ostapenko to win.

French Open 2020 Day Five Betting Tips

Ostapenko to win
31/20
Kasatkina to win
11/8
Bedene vs Milojevic - Over 3.5 sets
1/2

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